(CNN)“Get dropped off at the road by Las Cabanas beach about four kilometers (2.5 miles) outside of El Nido Town.
“Walk all the way to the end of the beach, then ask the people at the coconut stand for Mark and Camille’s house.”
Those are the instructions to find The Birdhouse — a new jungle glamping retreat in El Nido, a remote corner of Palawan island in the southwestern Philippines.
The hard-to-find address is the brainchild of Mark-Anthony and Camille Dimson Villaflor, who built The Birdhouse after traveling around the world on a 16-month-long honeymoon — documented on their blog 365 Travel Dates.
Inspired by the couple’s transformative trip around the world, the rustic-luxe tents offer a romantic refuge for honeymooners and adventure travelers.
A year-long honeymoon
The Villaflors’ love story started in 2009 when they met through a friend.
Two years later, Mark was down on one knee at the W Hong Kong, proposing to the tune of Train’s “Marry Me.”
At the top, a treehouse-like lodge dubbed the “Mother Nest” triples as a lobby, restaurant and Mark and Camille’s home.
Designed by Camille, the communal house has an eclectic vibe, featuring romantic hanging bamboo chairs, Moroccan-style rugs, a library of travel books and a ukulele.
The couple’s cat lounges in the late afternoon sun, while guests enjoy a home-cooked meal and views of Bacuit Bay.
Below the main lodge, each tent sits on a platform in the trees, with a small porch to take in the sea view and a night sky full of stars.
Inside the canvas flaps, there’s a queen-size bed, a yellow carpet and locally made wooden furnishings.
Keeping El Nido green
But The Birdhouse aims to be more than just a unique getaway.
The short-term goal? A completely self-sustainable restaurant and retreat.
As for the bigger picture, Mark and Camille are in the process of introducing a waste-management nonprofit, with an aim to work with more hotels in the area and protect El Nido’s natural beauty amid an uptick in tourism.